Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of kindergarten-readiness materials, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, kids and their Summer Learning Coaches, will enjoy learning more about the skills necessary for kindergarten on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with Kindergarten Readiness for Children! 


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PreschoolPrepPreschool Prep series (DVDs) by Kathy Oxley

16-disc series of DVDs that covers counting, colors, sight words and more to get your preschooler ready for school.



AnimalAlpha8: an animal alphabet by Elisha Cooper

Discover hundreds of animals, great and small. Lion and lizard, whale and wombat. Learn one wild fact about each animal. (Did you know that gorillas yawn when they are nervous?) Look carefully, because for each letter of the alphabet, one animal is pictured eight times. Why 8? Come inside and find out.


OlympicMomentsEverything I Need to Know before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher

Do you know your letters? Can you count to twenty? Learn all that and more in this all-in-one concept picture book. Perfect for kids heading to kindergarten, this book covers the alphabet, counting, opposites, shapes, colors, and seasons.


SmallSchoolI Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her.



LlamaLlamaLlama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

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DayKindergartenThe Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus

A little girl's mother joins her on the first day of Kindergarten. The mother embarrasses her daughter the whole day, but with help from the teacher she gets better at being in Kindergarten.


RoundTortillaRound is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong; illustrated by John Parra

To finish summer swimming lessons, Eugene brings out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to confront the "Blobby Blob-Blob" at the deep end of the pool.


Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
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Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more children's programs.


Dig Deeper with Databases

Ask your grownup with a library card to access child development and school readiness information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

EBSCOHostEBSCOhost-  Provides full-text access to a large amount of information in multiple formats. Choose from databases such as Primary Search, which offers full text magazines for elementary school research. One great article is:

Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital magazines in the Family and Kids category on your mobile device or desktop.
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Explore These Children's Magazines at Your Library


For more kindergarten resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

Check out our new Pioneer Library System Connect app! With your library card number and 4-digit PIN you'll be able to:

  • Search for Print & eBooks;
  • Place holds on Print & eBooks;
  • Retrieve eBooks that are ready for download;
  • Using OverDrive® Read technology, open & read eBooks directly in the PLS Connect app;
  • Renew Print & eBooks, that are eligible for renewal;
  • Return eBooks before the expiration date;
  • Easily get program & event information for your library.

Available for App Store for Apple and Google Play for Android.

As always, if you don't see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!